Cricket in Olympics: The Olympic Games is definitely one of the biggest sporting events across the globe but cricket not being a part of the mega event for a long time now has been a major loss from the cricketing fans point of view. The last time cricket was part of the Olympics, it happened during the 1900 Summer Olympic Games. However, over the years, the BCCI and the ECB have been pretty reluctant in exploring the possible ways to include cricket as a sport in Olympics.
In a recent development, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is currently exploring the various ideas and the T10 format looks to be the perfect for cricket’s inclusion in Olympics. As per recent reports, ICC’s chief executives’ committee is all set for a meeting in a couple of weeks on the topic of reintroducing cricket as a sport at the Olympics. The T10 format looks perfect with regards to the current format of Olympics, where any sporting competition needs to be completed within a two-week time period.
In the last few years, ICC has scheduled several meetings with the BCCI and ECB in order to discuss the new cricketing calendar and explore a window for cricket’s inclusion in Olympic Games. However, both the BCCI and ECB have been quite reluctant due to their reservations about cricket making a comeback at the Olympics level. Recently, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly also offered conditional support to cricket’s inclusion in the Olympic Games. The major reason for BCCI’s reluctance has been that they were afraid of the fact that their power would get diluted but if reports are to be believed, the Indian board’s mindset has changed to a great extent.
Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and hosts England have already qualified as the six teams that will compete in Women’s T20 Cricket tournament at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The cricket tournament will be hosted at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
“Cricket is a sport that is synonymous with the Commonwealth and we are so excited to have it back in the Games for the first time since the men’s competition at Kuala Lumpur 1998,” said CGF President Dame Louise Martin.
“We are incredibly proud and excited to be part of Birmingham 2022 and it is a fantastic opportunity for us to continue to grow the women’s game globally,” said the ICC’s acting chief executive, Geoff Allardice.
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